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Japanese tea ceremony experience in ANKOAN, KYOTO
You can make a reservation to participate in the tea ceremony experience in our studio, enjoy the 60-minute service and immerse yourself in the unique Japanese culture tour. The Tea Ceremony experience in ANKOAN kicks out your fatigue in the journey. While tasting the welcome tea made by Yuka, you can talk about the tea ceremony and whatever. Then move to another layer of matcha tearoom, watching the process of making Matcha tea and tasting Matcha and delicious Wagashi. At this time, you’d better observe the teacher's action for making matcha carefully. Do you know why? Because you will experience to make mathca personally later on. But don't worry, the teacher will be around you to instruct and explain, so that you can fully experience the fun of making Japanese matcha. At the same time, we can share what we see and what we feel, such as "how do Japanese people live?", "how did Japanese culture come into being?” and so on. With the experience of matcha, we, from different cultures, can get closer to each other in the process of communication, which is the highlight of tea ceremony experience in ANKOAN. And then, please get down to tasting the matcha made by yourself, which contains Japan's profound culture, and end this pleasant experience. In addition: you can take pictures indoor freely. Other things to note =Business Hours= 10:00-18:00 =Off Day= December 31st to January 3rd ※We will be closed for attending lectures abroad or domestic activities. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Kyoto Foodie Night Tour
We will share a course-meal ranging from modern to traditional Japanese food across 4-6 food stands and restaurants. I have chosen these vendors to talk about quality food and rich food culture that represent Kyoto. Throughout the evening, we will try many kinds of foods that highlight Kyoto's rich culture. Other things to note: - Please let me know if you have food restrictions or allergies at least a week beforehand. I might not be able to fully accommodate restrictions as it is a group experience. - This experience is run by either myself or another trusted local guide. - I update my tour availability by the 3rd week for next month. Even if you don't see availability, please check back later.
Tea ceremony in Kyoto Townhouse
Recently matcha green tea has become very popular all around the world. As you may know, matcha plays a very important role in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. However, learning about Japanese tea ceremony means much more than just learning to make matcha. Let's find the concept and philosophy behind this performing art. At first, you will learn the basic concepts and ideas of tea ceremony. You will also learn how to behave in a tea room and appreciate its decoration. Next, you'll watch a demonstration of "the way of tea". We think you will enjoy the quiet and serene atmosphere. And now let's make your own tea! We will tell you how to drink it, and also serve you a specially selected Japanese cake. Come, step into the world of profound spirituality and set your soul free, and let's have fun together!! Other things to note * Please arrive on time. We cannot allow latecomers to join a session once it has started. * The average number of participants is 6-7 people, but please note the maximum count is 12 people.
Off The Beaten Path Osaka Local Bar Crawl
Top rated entire Japan foodie/drinks bar crawl here. Not like the other tour in touristy area! Please read detailed guest review to get to know more about my tour ! "Let's get away from TOURIST TRAP like Doutonbori/Namba area and dive into deep local side with real local who was born and raised Osaka city ! Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Dotonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who want to glimpse what a real local night life is. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing bars where they originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be a "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier to have Japanese mom's cooking, sure fire food like seasonal sashimi, variety of meat and veggies and flies. You can buy a quality Sake/whiskey bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the real local night out together like a local. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Average food/drink cost is about 6000 Yen = 38 USD in TOTAL 3 restaurant. You will be stuffed! Vegetarian friendly! LGBTQ friendly! Non-alcohol option.
Traditional Kyoto-style Bookmaking
" Book Binding Workshop" 1. select book cover ( you can choose from our collection of old kimono textile / old cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. stitch the interior pages of the book by hand 3. cut the edge of the book to size 4. measure the book cover & other materials 5. set and arrange all paper and make book cover 6. assemble the interior of the book and book cover 7. press by hot iron with candle 8. use pressing tools to press book 9. glue on the cover of the book -finish- Other things to note: - If you are book lovers, we are happy to offer another class FOR BOOK LOVERS, class including FULL experience like Embossing ( please check another workshop of tsutomu ! - If you'd try Japanese Original book style , we reommend STAMPBOOK class. ( please check another workshop of tsutomu ! - If you are the family, we are very welcome. Under 5years old children might be difficult to have standard corse. In that case, KIMONO SKETCHBOOK class would be better ( please check another workshop of me, yoko !

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Nara Cycling along River into DeerPark
It's beautiful and fresh cycling along the river, which no tourists visit. We also go through local Japanese neighborhood districts, which are beautiful, cozy, and quiet. Especially hidden gems in Nara, cycling along the Saho river, which only local people visit :) With fewer tourists, no cars, and no stress, you'll feel relaxed from a busy Osaka/Kyoto stay. In Nara Park, beside the crowded and busy Todaiji-big Buddha (600 yen entrance fee), a few people visit Nigatsudo Hall on the hill. This is because the view from the Nigatsu-do hall is breathtakingly beautiful. But you've got to ride your bicycle up there, so it's a little bit of exercise. While we cycle around Nara Park, we will see many deer. There are 1,200 deer in the park. And I'll take some lovely group photos of you while cycling. I'm an excellent selfie photographer! It's downhill from Nigatsudo Hall to the station, but it's easy to return! If it rains hard, we'll get our raincoats and walk around the park. (We ride buses between the station and the park.) There is a sake brewery in town, and we can try Sake tasting if you want. (500yen Extra charge) Other things to note Please make sure that you can ride bicycles very well. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for cycling. Please bring your cap or hat to prevent health problems caused by heat strokes.
KIMONO & PHOTOSHOOT in KYOTO GION
Welcome to my experience! :-) There are two parts in this experiences: Kimono dressing and Photoshoot. [ Kimono dressing ] ■ Arrive kimono shop 1.5-2 hrs BEFORE the SCHEDULED TIME of photoshoot ■ Select the right Kimono ■ A professional kitsuke sensei will help with wearing the Kimono ■ Then a professional stylist will help with hair styling ■ Kimono upgrade/Make-up service is available with additional fee (decide at the shop) [ Photoshoot ] ■ We meet at the Kimono shop ON the SCHEDULED TIME ■ Walk around Kyoto Gion area ■ As we walk together, I will suggest some suitable spots for photoshoot ■ I will take photo group by group ■ Session length is normally 90 min (Except for single participant non-private session - 60 min) ■ After the photoshoot, you can wear the kimono until 6pm [ About photo ] ■ all unedited JPEG 200-400 photos, send via cloud drive (within 1-5 days) ■ 10 edited full resolution photos per participant [ Note ] ■ You can always ask me if I can open the schedule for you if it’s not listed We also provide full scale package for half/full day casual or pre-wedding photoshoot at any locations within Japan. Please contact me for details. Other airbnb photoshoots experiences in Kansai area: ■ Kyoto Gion ■ Kyoto Gion with Kimono ■ Kyoto Fushimi Inari ■ Kyoto Fushimi Inari with Kimono ■ Kyoto Arashiyama ■ Nara Park ■ Osaka Castle
Inside of Fushimi Inari - exploring and lunch with locals
This is a 3-hour 30-minute hiking lead by locals. Soba noodle Lunch is included. You will experience the holy mountain of Fushimi through an alternative off-beaten path. This experience includes: 1) Sightseeing of the main shrine and thousands of red gates, with an explanation of their history and cultural background. 2) Easy walking through a peaceful bamboo and cedar tree forest path, visiting authentic holy spots (worship stones & waterfall) and a factory. 3) Going up a forest route to the summit shrine (20 min). The summit is 233m high, and I will show you around the shrine. 4) Photo-shooting part. On the way down, I will show you lots of photogenic spots that are usually less crowded. 5) Snack & drink, and the breathtaking panorama view of Kyoto city from the viewpoint. 6) Lunch at the best soba restaurant. Vegan options are available but tell us IN ADVANCE. Other things to note: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a hands-free backpack for hiking. The paths are well-organized, but you will go up/down some stairs. The time schedule may differ depending on your walking speed.
Making Soba Noodles at Temple in Osaka
You can experience traditional Japanese soba making at a historic temple and sample the soba you made yourself. And, You can also visit the main hall of the temple and the Buddha statue. We run this classroom in a small team and strive to provide a special experience and a calm time. You can feel the warm and private time when you return to your parents' house. Other notes Please note that buckwheat is made from buckwheat flour and some people may not be able to eat it due to allergies. *If there is no opened date and time which you want to join, please contact me.
Exploring Kyoto's Hidden Charms Through Bohemian Photograph
Embark on a soul-stirring journey, capturing the timeless play of light and shadow in the ancient capital. Freeze those beautiful moments with Mimir's lens, creating lasting memories. Each frame tells a story of captured nostalgia. Customize your own 2-3 hour off-the-beaten-path adventure. For two or more individuals, we can provide traditional Kyoto machiya or Japanese-style home indoor shooting locations (advanced notice required). Props available: fans, umbrellas, sunglasses, masks, and more. Services available in English, Chinese, and Japanese. A few things to keep in mind: 1. Punctuality is key. 2. While Mimir suggests some fantastic locations, your input is more than welcome. 3. Dressing up a bit can add a touch of magic to your photos. 4. Questions about the schedule or locations? Feel free to shoot Mimir a message. 5. Interested? Drop him a private message first! Avoid placing direct orders.

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Kyoto Local Bar & Izakaya Crawl
Bar hopping tour at Kyoto center!! Normally 5-10 guests are joining, and you will have wonderful memory with local host, and other traveler from all over the world!! We're exploring "Kawaramachi" and "Kiyamachi" areas, where local Kyoto people enjoy drinking. We will take you to real local bar and izakaya, difficult to find for foreigners. Also take you to some deep & hidden places you never know. This experience is not just for local foods and drinks, give you the opportunity to connect with local people. Cannot wait to show you guys around my city!! We will eat during the tour, so you don't need to eat before the tour. Let's enjoy food and drink like local! If you have special request related to place, food, date and so on, we can organize the tour up to your requests. <What's included> ○ 3 hours with a local guide ○ Admission fee is free ✖️ Alcoholic Beverages ✖️ Dinner ※We split the total amount, and 99 yen or less will be rounded up to make accounting smoother. ※If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.
Samurai Training with Modern-day Musashi
In this 120-minute activity, you will wear the proper training gear and hold real katana swords to train just like the samurai did at a local dojo where 20+ students train regularly. The experience of handling a katana correctly and cutting through objects will be something you will never forget. The content of this experience: 1. Getting dressed in the training gear 2. Learning how to draw, sheath, and swing the katana safely 3. Learning about the culture and history of katana and samurai 4. Cutting rolled tatami mats with a real katana 5. Watching the master's katana performance Why Choose Us: ▶︎An instructor with 20+ years of training Many facilities have undertrained instructors who can only teach tourists. Your instructor here has over 50 students worldwide and over 20+ years of training experience. ▶︎The venue is a REAL DOJO We are NOT a tourist spot but a real dojo where 20+ students train regularly. ▶︎Everything is interpreted in English perfectly Shogo from the YouTube “Let’s ask Shogo (1.7M subs)”, a student of this dojo himself, will interpret everything in English perfectly. FAQ: 1. You can take pictures and videos during the activity 2. You must be 12 years or older to participate 3. One person can join to watch for free per participant
Osaka Local Bar & Izakaya Crawl
Bar hopping tour at Dotonbori & Uranamba area! Normally 5-10 guests are joining, and you will have wonderful memory with local host, and other traveler from all over the world!! "Uranamba" is the area many local Osaka people enjoy drinking. We will take you to real local bar and izakaya, difficult to find for foreigners. Also take you to some deep & hidden places you never know. This experience is not just for local foods and drinks, give you the opportunity to connect with local people. Cannot wait to show you guys around my city!! We will eat during the tour, so you don't need to eat before the tour. Let's enjoy food and drink like local! If you have special request related to place, food, date and so on, we can organize the tour up to your requests. <What's included> ○ 3 hours with a local guide ○ Admission fee is free ✖️ Alcoholic Beverages ✖️ Dinner ※We split the total amount, and 99 yen or less will be rounded up to make accounting smoother. ※If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.
Fushimi Inari Hidden Hiking Tour
Don’t get caught standing in a crowd of tourists trying to get a good photo. We provide a personal hiking experience. This is the ONLY tour at Fushimi Inari which goes off paved paths, onto actual forest trails. We know of hidden bamboo groves and beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine. Local trails lead us to the main shrine with thousands of red torii gates, and we know of secluded trails that lead to old and hidden alters. We will begin at Tofukuji Station and wander into a quiet neighborhood, visiting small shrines on the way to the mountain. Then take a trail to see a wonderful bamboo grove, and connect to the main path filled with the famous vermilion torii gates. We will reach the summit of the mountain, which is covered in the ​shrine alters and then venture back down the mountain on a forested trail, visiting smaller shrines on the way to another bamboo grove. This will lead us to the most famous area of Fushimi Inari, perfect for a memorable photo. We will finish at the main shrine at the base of the mountain, where you can enjoy some local street food before you continue your adventure in the wonderful city of Kyoto. Please understand that this is a hike, not a normal walk, so it will require some effort. We will not recommend joining if you have trouble walking or not in a good condition.
Complete Kyoto Tour in One Day, Visit All 12 Popular Sights!
Welcome to Kyoto, Japan!! Let’s dive into and discover Kyoto's kaleidoscope of sights and sounds! Explore as many as 12 attractions in the city on this full day tour. We take you to the must-see sights and also show you the hidden gems of each location. Let’s stroll the city on foot and by metro like a local for the day. Transportation and the street in the area are very complicated, even for the Japanese. However, all our guides were born and raised in Japan, have lived for a long time close to the area, and are well-trained expert locals. So, we can take you to so many places, at the best time, within a limited timeframe. We recommend you join our tour on your first day in Kyoto. Because, you can learn not only about sights, but also about Japanese history, culture, society, ways of thinking, values and even about local etiquette, how to take public transportations, our everyday life. But above all, the best part of travelling is good food. This tour will take you to some of the best-known restaurants you should not miss when you are in the area, as well as hidden gems recommended by locals. 【Places to visit】 JR Saga-Arashiyama station at 8:50 Arashiyama, Randen Tram Line, Ryoan-ji Temple, Sushi-go-round (lunch, Ramen, Kara-Age, Beer), Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-zaka slope, Kiyomizu Temple, Sanneizaka, Yasaka Pagoda, Gion area, Gion shopping street

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Japanese tea ceremony experience in ANKOAN, KYOTO
You can make a reservation to participate in the tea ceremony experience in our studio, enjoy the 60-minute service and immerse yourself in the unique Japanese culture tour. The Tea Ceremony experience in ANKOAN kicks out your fatigue in the journey. While tasting the welcome tea made by Yuka, you can talk about the tea ceremony and whatever. Then move to another layer of matcha tearoom, watching the process of making Matcha tea and tasting Matcha and delicious Wagashi. At this time, you’d better observe the teacher's action for making matcha carefully. Do you know why? Because you will experience to make mathca personally later on. But don't worry, the teacher will be around you to instruct and explain, so that you can fully experience the fun of making Japanese matcha. At the same time, we can share what we see and what we feel, such as "how do Japanese people live?", "how did Japanese culture come into being?” and so on. With the experience of matcha, we, from different cultures, can get closer to each other in the process of communication, which is the highlight of tea ceremony experience in ANKOAN. And then, please get down to tasting the matcha made by yourself, which contains Japan's profound culture, and end this pleasant experience. In addition: you can take pictures indoor freely. Other things to note =Business Hours= 10:00-18:00 =Off Day= December 31st to January 3rd ※We will be closed for attending lectures abroad or domestic activities. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Samurai Training with Modern-day Musashi
In this 120-minute activity, you will wear the proper training gear and hold real katana swords to train just like the samurai did at a local dojo where 20+ students train regularly. The experience of handling a katana correctly and cutting through objects will be something you will never forget. The content of this experience: 1. Getting dressed in the training gear 2. Learning how to draw, sheath, and swing the katana safely 3. Learning about the culture and history of katana and samurai 4. Cutting rolled tatami mats with a real katana 5. Watching the master's katana performance Why Choose Us: ▶︎An instructor with 20+ years of training Many facilities have undertrained instructors who can only teach tourists. Your instructor here has over 50 students worldwide and over 20+ years of training experience. ▶︎The venue is a REAL DOJO We are NOT a tourist spot but a real dojo where 20+ students train regularly. ▶︎Everything is interpreted in English perfectly Shogo from the YouTube “Let’s ask Shogo (1.7M subs)”, a student of this dojo himself, will interpret everything in English perfectly. FAQ: 1. You can take pictures and videos during the activity 2. You must be 12 years or older to participate 3. One person can join to watch for free per participant
Kyoto Foodie Night Tour
We will share a course-meal ranging from modern to traditional Japanese food across 4-6 food stands and restaurants. I have chosen these vendors to talk about quality food and rich food culture that represent Kyoto. Throughout the evening, we will try many kinds of foods that highlight Kyoto's rich culture. Other things to note: - Please let me know if you have food restrictions or allergies at least a week beforehand. I might not be able to fully accommodate restrictions as it is a group experience. - This experience is run by either myself or another trusted local guide. - I update my tour availability by the 3rd week for next month. Even if you don't see availability, please check back later.
Tea ceremony in Kyoto Townhouse
Recently matcha green tea has become very popular all around the world. As you may know, matcha plays a very important role in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. However, learning about Japanese tea ceremony means much more than just learning to make matcha. Let's find the concept and philosophy behind this performing art. At first, you will learn the basic concepts and ideas of tea ceremony. You will also learn how to behave in a tea room and appreciate its decoration. Next, you'll watch a demonstration of "the way of tea". We think you will enjoy the quiet and serene atmosphere. And now let's make your own tea! We will tell you how to drink it, and also serve you a specially selected Japanese cake. Come, step into the world of profound spirituality and set your soul free, and let's have fun together!! Other things to note * Please arrive on time. We cannot allow latecomers to join a session once it has started. * The average number of participants is 6-7 people, but please note the maximum count is 12 people.
Kyoto Local Bar & Izakaya Crawl
Bar hopping tour at Kyoto center!! Normally 5-10 guests are joining, and you will have wonderful memory with local host, and other traveler from all over the world!! We're exploring "Kawaramachi" and "Kiyamachi" areas, where local Kyoto people enjoy drinking. We will take you to real local bar and izakaya, difficult to find for foreigners. Also take you to some deep & hidden places you never know. This experience is not just for local foods and drinks, give you the opportunity to connect with local people. Cannot wait to show you guys around my city!! We will eat during the tour, so you don't need to eat before the tour. Let's enjoy food and drink like local! If you have special request related to place, food, date and so on, we can organize the tour up to your requests. <What's included> ○ 3 hours with a local guide ○ Admission fee is free ✖️ Alcoholic Beverages ✖️ Dinner ※We split the total amount, and 99 yen or less will be rounded up to make accounting smoother. ※If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.
Off The Beaten Path Osaka Local Bar Crawl
Top rated entire Japan foodie/drinks bar crawl here. Not like the other tour in touristy area! Please read detailed guest review to get to know more about my tour ! "Let's get away from TOURIST TRAP like Doutonbori/Namba area and dive into deep local side with real local who was born and raised Osaka city ! Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Dotonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who want to glimpse what a real local night life is. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing bars where they originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be a "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier to have Japanese mom's cooking, sure fire food like seasonal sashimi, variety of meat and veggies and flies. You can buy a quality Sake/whiskey bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the real local night out together like a local. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Average food/drink cost is about 6000 Yen = 38 USD in TOTAL 3 restaurant. You will be stuffed! Vegetarian friendly! LGBTQ friendly! Non-alcohol option.
Hidden Kyoto E-Biking
A cycling tour through Kyoto city should be more than just a simple ride-around, we take you deep inside. Our 9 km tour is focused on experiencing, exploring, and discovering Kyoto’s best-kept secrets, all in a short riding distance from our shop. Tranquil and contemplative Zen gardens, magnificent temples and shrines, we have carefully curated a tour that offers uniquely contrasting environments showcasing Kyoto’s distinctive history, culture, design, and craft. We have 3 departure times, 9am, 9:30, and 1pm. You must arrive 15 minutes before your departure. If you are late and miss the tour it's non-refundable. If you plan on arriving right at the departure time you may miss the tour so please plan ahead. The tours are usually 3 hours and 45 minutes. Our tour starts and finishes at our shop in north-western Kyoto city. This is a boutique journey, designed for those who seek a more in-depth understanding of Kyoto’s landscape. It features a visit inside the famous Golden Pavilion, but also takes time to stop and relax at other unique meditative Zen Gardens that are off the beaten path. Other things to note Please arrive 15 minutes before departure. Late/no-shows are non-refundable. Most guests take a taxi to our shop. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes for a fantastic day on the bike. I will cancel and refund tours due to heavy rain, storms, or inclement weather.
Learn the secret of Japanese food in Nagoya
Let's learn how to make Miso katsu, Nagoya's speciality using local Mikawa pork instead of waiting in line at a restaurant and learn about the secrets of Japanese food! ※Dates and times are flexible so please feel free to contact me! ※You can change to gluten friendly ingredients, tofu cutlet, chicken cutlet, fish cutlet! First, we meet at Hatta station (10 minites from Nagoya .st by subway) and head for my little cooking studio together. You can learn how to make the following items! ・Miso katsu (deepfrief pork with miso sauce) ・Nimono (simmered vegetable) ・Miso soup ・Cooked rice ・Japanese carrot dressing ・Japanese pickled cucumber You can also learn how to make dashi, Japanese traditional broth which is used for miso sause, miso soup, nimono and how to best cook rice and deep fried pork. Then, we enjoy the food while chatting! I'd like to share our interesting food culture too! ・I take photos of you cooking and share them with you later! All of the photos on this page were taken by me. ・You get all of the written recipes ※If you have food allergies, please let me know in advance. ※I'm sorry, but there is possibly that a single male participant is unable to be accept. #cooking class in Nagoya #cooking experience in Nagoya #Learn Japanese food
Complete Kyoto Tour in One Day, Visit All 12 Popular Sights!
Welcome to Kyoto, Japan!! Let’s dive into and discover Kyoto's kaleidoscope of sights and sounds! Explore as many as 12 attractions in the city on this full day tour. We take you to the must-see sights and also show you the hidden gems of each location. Let’s stroll the city on foot and by metro like a local for the day. Transportation and the street in the area are very complicated, even for the Japanese. However, all our guides were born and raised in Japan, have lived for a long time close to the area, and are well-trained expert locals. So, we can take you to so many places, at the best time, within a limited timeframe. We recommend you join our tour on your first day in Kyoto. Because, you can learn not only about sights, but also about Japanese history, culture, society, ways of thinking, values and even about local etiquette, how to take public transportations, our everyday life. But above all, the best part of travelling is good food. This tour will take you to some of the best-known restaurants you should not miss when you are in the area, as well as hidden gems recommended by locals. 【Places to visit】 JR Saga-Arashiyama station at 8:50 Arashiyama, Randen Tram Line, Ryoan-ji Temple, Sushi-go-round (lunch, Ramen, Kara-Age, Beer), Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-zaka slope, Kiyomizu Temple, Sanneizaka, Yasaka Pagoda, Gion area, Gion shopping street
Traditional Kyoto-style Bookmaking
" Book Binding Workshop" 1. select book cover ( you can choose from our collection of old kimono textile / old cloth textile / varieties of fabrics ) 2. stitch the interior pages of the book by hand 3. cut the edge of the book to size 4. measure the book cover & other materials 5. set and arrange all paper and make book cover 6. assemble the interior of the book and book cover 7. press by hot iron with candle 8. use pressing tools to press book 9. glue on the cover of the book -finish- Other things to note: - If you are book lovers, we are happy to offer another class FOR BOOK LOVERS, class including FULL experience like Embossing ( please check another workshop of tsutomu ! - If you'd try Japanese Original book style , we reommend STAMPBOOK class. ( please check another workshop of tsutomu ! - If you are the family, we are very welcome. Under 5years old children might be difficult to have standard corse. In that case, KIMONO SKETCHBOOK class would be better ( please check another workshop of me, yoko !
Hidden Osaka - Yukaku Red Light Tour & Culinary Adventure
WARNING: NOT A TOUR FOR EVERYONE. (Read Reviews for a better idea) PLEASE READ↓↓ ※Send us a message before booking for Spanish/French/Private options What's unique about this tour: - Journey through the Tobita RedLight District and learn about why its the last of its kind in all of Japan. - Delve into the retro charm and bustling energy of Shinsekai, an old theme park turned local hangout spot. - Savor the authentic flavors of Osaka with our hand-picked selection of dishes paired with the perfect drink to compliment. (Izakaya hopping food tour in 2 stops) Please Note: Our food offerings are curated for the bold and adventurous. You'll be eating things you've never tried so dive in with an open heart, and let Osaka's culinary wonders amaze you! -Let us know for dietary restrictions We are a group of passionate Japanese, fluent in multiple languages, offering insights and stories that only a native local can provide. Groups will be small so we can be ultra respectful to the districts we visit. Non-compliance towards our guide's instructions may lead to guests' removal from the group. Other Notes: ※Food & drinks bill will be split among the guests ※It is 50% a food tour so please don't eat before coming ※Average spending for Izakaya is ¥3~4000 ※We will not be responsible for allergies / accidental ingestion mismatching your dietary restrictions (tell us in advance)
Fushimi Inari Hidden Hiking Tour
Don’t get caught standing in a crowd of tourists trying to get a good photo. We provide a personal hiking experience. This is the ONLY tour at Fushimi Inari which goes off paved paths, onto actual forest trails. We know of hidden bamboo groves and beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine. Local trails lead us to the main shrine with thousands of red torii gates, and we know of secluded trails that lead to old and hidden alters. We will begin at Tofukuji Station and wander into a quiet neighborhood, visiting small shrines on the way to the mountain. Then take a trail to see a wonderful bamboo grove, and connect to the main path filled with the famous vermilion torii gates. We will reach the summit of the mountain, which is covered in the ​shrine alters and then venture back down the mountain on a forested trail, visiting smaller shrines on the way to another bamboo grove. This will lead us to the most famous area of Fushimi Inari, perfect for a memorable photo. We will finish at the main shrine at the base of the mountain, where you can enjoy some local street food before you continue your adventure in the wonderful city of Kyoto. Please understand that this is a hike, not a normal walk, so it will require some effort. We will not recommend joining if you have trouble walking or not in a good condition.
Kyoto Samurai Experience
This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle. -Form Practice- Before being given a real blade it is important to master the basics. We will begin our training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form. -A Real Katana (Japanese sword)- After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana, and use it to cut though a goza mat. We will place this target on a special stand and you can put your sword skills to the test. -Zen (meditation)- The course wraps up with an experience of Zen meditation. Through this deep meditation, you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword, and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life. -Other things to note- * You are allowed to take photos and videos anytime anywhere during the experience. * We do offer private bookings, please contact us through our website.
Authentic ninja weapon making experience
Our studio is a traditional building has a history over 100 years in Kyoto, which is called Machiya in Japanese. You can experience making real weapons used by real ninjas. We will sharpen weapons and tempering the iron weapon, to make high quality steel weapons. At the end of the experience, you can actually throw the weapon. There are two main types of weapons. 1. Shuriken. 2. Kunai. You can choose the weapon which you would like to make. The processes of our experience are as follows. 1. Choose your favorite weapon to shape it yourself 2. Learn how to use tools 3. Sharpen the weapon 4. Add a pattern to the weapon 5. Temper the weapon at high temperature 6. Try using the weapon Through this experience, you can learn how to make traditional weapons. There are two large gardens inside our studio, where you can take some very nice photos. To be noted, you can bring the weapons with your flight, but only in the checked luggage, not in the carry on luggage.
Comparing Wagyu, Sashimi, and Sake atTeppanyaki restaurant
Enjoy the freshly caught sashimi platter and Japan's only "Wagyu" tasting course with a wide variety of carefully selected sake in Osaka's high-class restaurant district. Learn from a seasoned Japanese chef with easy-to-understand explanations on how to properly select fresh fish for sashimi, how to tell apart each cut of Wagyu beef and how to pair them with a variety of amazing sake. Fresh seasonal vegetables, fried rice and Japanese pickled vegetables are included. Located in Osaka’s premiere restaurant and night life district, enjoy a night on the town at Teppanyaki Toyota. While on my tour, I will carefully explain and walk you through each dish and give you a better understanding of each cut’s characteristics and my creative thought process when designing these dishes. How to select sake and pair them with a Wagyu beef and fishes is essential to the overall enjoyment. So that I will explain the points of "Sake"choice. It is generally said that sake goes well with meals, and I would like you to experience a more compatible marriage on this tour.
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